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Episode 259: YQD Success Stories: How Joanna Went From Burnt Out Nurse To Thriving Content Creator | Joanna Muñoz | Painting by the Penny


Episode 259 is another YQD® success story of one of our former students, Joanna Muñoz. She shares her journey from being a burnt out nurse to a thriving content creator. Listen now!

Episode 259: YQD Success Stories: How Joanna Went From Burnt Out Nurse To Thriving Content Creator | Painting by the Penny

Joanna Muñoz is a nurse, furniture artist, DIYer, content creator, blogger and the owner of Painting by the Penny, a DIY and interior design account. In 2016, she started refinishing furniture as a creative hobby that quickly turned into a side hustle. She loves designing and decorating on a budget, and shares lots of tips and tricks like thrifting, painting furniture, and mixing old and new to create a beautiful and functional space. In 2020, Joanna and her partner became debt free and paid everything off except for their mortgage which has allowed her the freedom to make the decision to quit her nursing job and focus on her business full time.

This week, Joanna shares her journey of pursuing her passions and building a successful career. She discusses her childhood experiences with money, the influence of her mother’s financial struggles, and her decision to pursue nursing for financial stability. Joanna also talks about her transition to blogging and content creation, her social media growth, and her strategies for monetizing her blog and social media platforms.

She shares her experience of taking a career sabbatical and offers advice for others who are considering making a career transition. Joanna shares her journey of discovering financial podcasts, finding relatable content, living in the uncomfortable, embracing authenticity, and inspiring others to bet on themselves.


  • Finding financial podcasts with relatable content can be motivating and provide guidance on personal finance journeys.
  • Seek out content creators who share similar backgrounds and experiences to better relate to their advice & success stories.
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing discomfort can lead to personal growth and new opportunities.
  • Authenticity is key in creating content that resonates with others and builds a genuine connection.
  • Bet on yourself and take the chance to pursue your goals and dreams.


  • 00:00 – Introduction and Background
  • 01:55 – Childhood and Money Story
  • 06:30 – Choosing Nursing for Financial Stability
  • 07:37 – Experience in the Healthcare System
  • 09:08 – Discovering a Passion for Interior Design
  • 11:39 – Transitioning to Blogging
  • 15:32 – Social Media Growth and Viral Moments
  • 19:21 – Monetizing Blog and Social Media
  • 20:30 – Taking a Career Sabbatical
  • 23:03 – Preparing Finances for a Pay Cut
  • 31:59 – Transitioning to Full-Time Content Creation
  • 35:38 – Getting Support from Family and Loved Ones
  • 38:49 – Advice for Making a Career Transition
  • 40:54 – Discovering Financial Podcasts
  • 41:51 – Finding Relatable Content
  • 42:20 – Living in the Uncomfortable
  • 43:11 – Embracing Authenticity
  • 44:27 – Where to Find Joanna
  • 45:07 – Inspiration to Bet on Yourself

We love the incredible work Joanna is doing. We’re so inspired by her. And y ‘all, we want you to see these are real people who are betting on themselves, who are taking the chance, who are saying: “I’m done playing small. I’m done being scared. I’m gonna do the damn thing. I’m gonna do it in a smart way. I’m gonna do it in a strategic way, but I’m gonna do it anyway.” If Joanna is doing it, then SO CAN YOU!!!

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Until next time, stay empowered, stay inspired & #staypoderosa ✨💎

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